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Old 09-23-2019, 01:22 PM   #1
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Scamp13 brake adjustment

Could anyone tell me which movement of the brake tool on the star wheel will move the shoes outwards to the drum. Moving the tool upwards or moving the tool in a downward movement. Thanks,
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Old 09-23-2019, 03:40 PM   #2
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Pulling down

Pulling down on the tool to push the star wheel up tightens the brake shoes.
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Old 09-23-2019, 03:46 PM   #3
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Thanks Kenneth.



Yes I found that out as well. They are easy to adjust as long as you can get under there to see what your doing. My 4 ton bottle jack on the frame just before the tire work out fine and allowed me to get behind the back side of the tire to make adjustments.
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Old 09-23-2019, 06:10 PM   #4
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If you can slide under the camper without using a jack and the bottle jack just frees up the wheel to spin that’s good. If the jack is being used to lift the trailer for clearance, jackstands must be used. I’m sure you know that I just think about inexperienced folks attempting to adjust their own brakes. Safety first.
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Old 09-23-2019, 06:19 PM   #5
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...If the jack is being used to lift the trailer for clearance, jackstands must be used. ...
YES! This raised my red flag also.. important point for anyone who does not know this fact.
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Old 09-24-2019, 03:50 AM   #6
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As part of servicing the brakes I often remove the adjuster and lubricate the threads. The direction it is reinstalled determines the direction for tightening.

I've found the easiest way to adjust the brakes is to remove the wheel. Instead of being on your back under the trailer in the dark, you lean over the hub and can easily see where the tool goes. I made a tool out of some scrap bar stock or you can buy a brake spoon at any parts store. In my opinion easier than using a screw driver.
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Old 09-24-2019, 07:45 AM   #7
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Yes Dave & Gordon,


I am old enough to know that you never get under any vehicle if you remove a tire without first putting the correct type of jack stands under the vehicle to prevent it falling on you.

I just lifted the Scamp enough to spin the tire and make my adjustments, nothing else. And I would never put myself in a situation to cause bodily harm to myself while working on any of my vehicles.

In reference to correct jack stands, if your old enough to remember when there was a jack stand that was a pipe that was cut and spread to make feet to stand that would collapse and allow the vehicle to fall and God forbid would most likely kill anyone under the vehicle. Hopefully no one has them gathering dust in their garage,if so get rid of them.
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Old 09-24-2019, 09:14 AM   #8
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I am old enough to know that you never get under any vehicle if you remove a tire without first putting the correct type of jack stands under the vehicle to prevent it falling on you. ..
But alas, wisdom does not always come with age

So glad you are responsible, I can sleep better now
But you can see how your original statement which only mentioned the inadequate bottle jack caused concern:

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... My 4 ton bottle jack on the frame just before the tire work out fine and allowed me to get behind the back side of the tire to make adjustments.
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BTW, The star-wheel should only go in one direction (move the shoes outward) unless the adjuster lever is pushed away from the star-wheel. The bigger challenge for me is to get the adjuster lever to release the star-wheel when I need to move the shoes in (loose). It takes two tools and some coordination. Hopefully I wont have to mess with it again however since I got self-adjusting 10 inch brakes on the Scamp. As far as I know, there are not any self-adjusters for 7 inch brakes
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Old 09-24-2019, 10:53 AM   #9
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Sorry Gordon, did not mean to cause confusion.

My father-in-law was a auto mechanic with his own business. I would stop in at his business in the evening when I was dating his daughter, late 50's. He taught me a lot of what I know about auto's. I'd clear every tool thru him before I purchased it. I am sure he is watching my every move to make sure he taught me right. Sure do miss him.
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Right on Floyd.



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